European Certification Training in Brussels


Between 7th – 9th October the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) organised a training event in Brussels on the European Certification Standard. The 14 participants from across Europe were able to learn about the process of certifying routes both theoretically, through the European Certification Standard Manual, and practically, through a certification field trip.

DSC_0395bThe European Certification Standard is not only used to certify EuroVelo routes, but also serves as quality assessment tool for national or regional routes. The European Standard can also help to set up national standards where they do not exist and harmonise the different regulations in the European states.

During the three days of the training, the different criteria (infrastructure, services, promotion) were presented in detail and put into practice with the new and easy to handle EuroVelo Certification App, which provides an easy-to-use interface for checking the route criteria on the go. During the field trip around Brussels, partly on EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea Francigena, data on route conditions was collected with the app, allowing the participants to get used to the methodology and practice of route certification.

At the end of the training, the participants were tested on what they had learnt. Fortunately, they all proved their capacities and passed the European Route Inspector test, hence enabling them to officially certify EuroVelo routes in the future.

Learn more on the European Certification Standard and other EuroVelo Manuals here.

Photos of the training can be found on our EuroVelo flickr account.


Group trip

ECS Certification in practice 2


Field trip around Brussels